Ellen Page is accusing director Brett Ratner of homophobic harassment by outing her as gay when she was 18 years old.
In a detailed Facebook post, Page writes, “‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew ‘meet and greet’ before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand. I was eighteen years old. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior pointed to me and said: ‘You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He was the film’s director, Brett Ratner.”
This is not the first time Ratner has received such accusations. At least six other women have accused the X-Men director of harassment or sexual assault. According to Vice News, the director has denied all allegations against me and is suing one woman who accused him of rape.
In the Facebook post, Page says at the time of the comment made toward her, she had not fully come out to herself and says these types of homophobic remarks can be damaging to those who haven’t yet accepted their sexual identity.
“I felt violated when this happened,” Page continues. “I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word, and watched as no one else did either. He outed me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic.”
Page said after being left with “long-standing feelings of shame” she was “being reprimanded, yet [Ratner] was not being punished nor fired for the blatantly homophobic and abusive behavior we all witnessed.”
Page also commented on Hollywood’s culture regarding sexual assault and complicity against victims in the industry, going into detail about times she was targeted as young as 16 years old. She even stated that working in a Woody Allen movie was “the biggest regret” of her acting career.
She ends her post speaking to women and victims encouraging them to come forward and share their stories. She writes:
“Don’t allow this behavior to be normalized. Don’t compare wrongs or criminal acts by their degrees of severity. Don’t allow yourselves to be numb to the voices of victims coming forward. Don’t stop demanding our civil rights. I am grateful to anyone and everyone who speaks out against abuse and trauma they have suffered. You are breaking the silence. You are revolution.”